Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Vancouver to San Francisco
Air Canada, United Airlines and Avianca have all waived their change and cancellation fees on flights from Vancouver Intl to San Francisco. Confirm policies on booking site.
The average direct flight takes 4h 04m, covering a distance of 1289 km.
There are 105 (direct) flights between Vancouver and San Francisco per week, averaging 15 per day.
In the past 3 days, the cheapest one-way tickets were found on WestJet ($233) and Delta ($239), and the lowest round-trip tickets have been found on WestJet ($409) and Delta ($421).
United Airlines (6 times daily), Air Canada (4 times daily), Avianca (2 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
For Vancouver to San Francisco, Thursday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Saturday is the most expensive. Flying from San Francisco back to Vancouver, the best deals are generally found on Saturday, with Monday being the most expensive.
The BART, or Bay Area Rapid Transit, is a light rail system that travels to San Francisco, the East Bay and San Mateo County, directly from San Francisco Airport. The BART station at San Francisco Airport is located in the International Terminal on the departures level. The station can be accessed from any terminal by riding on the free AirTrain to the station.
There are well over 40 hotels in the airport area that do in fact offer shuttle service to and from the San Francisco Airport. The shuttles can be boarded at the hotel courtesy shuttle zone that is located on the center island outside of the departures level of the terminal. There are phones at the shuttle zone to allow you to contact your hotel directly for shuttle service.
San Francisco Airport does not allow parking of any type at the terminal building. Drivers may stop for immediate loading of passengers and their luggage. The airport offers a free cell phone waiting lot where drivers can park for up to 60 minutes while waiting for passengers. Once passengers have arrived, they can be met at the immigration and customs exit on the arrivals level of the International Terminal.
The San Francisco Airport offers the convenience of an off-site Rental Car Center that houses all of the rental car companies operating from San Francisco Airport. To access the center after your flight from Vancouver to San Francisco, board the AirTrain blue line from the arrivals level of the International Terminal.
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Hacker Fares allow you to combine one-way tickets in order to save you money over a traditional return ticket. You could then fly to San Francisco with an airline and back to Vancouver with another airline.
Sometimes travel dates aren't set in stone. If your preferred travel dates have some wiggle room, flexible dates will show you all the options when flying to San Francisco from Vancouver up to 3 days before/after your preferred dates. You can then pick the flights that suit you best.
Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "Sold out of all meals, only snacks left, before reaching my row."
Cons: "Courteous and servient steward!"
Pros: "good food and good movie selection."
Cons: "2 hours late, with no response as to why."
Cons: "Nothing, all was perfect!"
Cons: "My luggages was not come at the destination. We don’t have clothes to changes for 2 days."
Pros: "Smooth experience"
Cons: "Gogoinflight wifi can be erratic"
Cons: "No comfort given to passengers despite 2.5 hr delay in leaving and another 1 hr on the ground after landing"
Pros: "Partnership with Virgin. Drink orders."
Cons: "boarding process didn’t go by the script and was a mess"
Pros: "LOVE the Virgin planes and the ability to upgrade. The food and beverage options on the Virgin flights are amazing. PLEASE keep the format of these planes the same!"
Pros: "Everything was easy and normal. I felt everyone was treated well."
Cons: "At boarding, when overhead bins are full, you cannot force passengers to check their bags if they had planned not to. I was in a rush when I land and because it was delayed too I did not want to also have to wait for my bag at baggage claim. I was completely late to an event I was to be at."
Cons: "Bathroom was disgusting, there wasn’t a trash so people threw their hand towels on the floor."
Cons: "Snotty steward in the back. Not pleasant."
Cons: "Reading lights did not work. Fortunately I could move"
Pros: "Everyone is so helpful and cheery"
Pros: "The boarding process. The take off and the landing were great."
Cons: "Not enough room between passengers. Especially when you do not know the person next to you. More elbow room would be great. This is for the general seating. The isles are narrow too."
Pros: "Pleasant staff"
Cons: "I don’t think I should have to pay $25 for my first bag. 1st bah should be free. Otherwise all was well."
Pros: "Team very nice and polite."
Cons: "All the airplanes should have screens"
Pros: "Thank you for recycling in the cabin!"
Cons: "Two lines for what?"
Pros: "Quick, quiet, & cool. Just the way I like it"
Pros: "It was good"
Cons: "Can’t really think of anything"
Pros: "not crowded"
Cons: "almost 3 hrs late"
Pros: "The extra seat next to me."
Cons: "The fact that my baggage got left in Portland."
Pros: "Always reliable. The updates on my emails and phones are fantastic. Alaska always exceeds my expectations. Proud that they are from my hometown. Seattle."
Cons: "Delayed both ways"
Cons: "Diversion to San Jose without shuttles to downtown SFO."
Pros: "Staff was nice."
Cons: "We were awakened at 130am for breakfast!!!!!! Who eats in the middle of their sleep."
Pros: "Alaska is the best."
Pros: "Prompt. Very friendly"
Pros: "I like the option to watch movies on my phone"
Pros: "Fast, everyone was nice"
Cons: "Couldn't get wifi to work but no big deal"
Pros: "Free wine"
Pros: "No delay, nice n comfortable"
Cons: "The lady on the kiosk this morning was annoyingly rude."
Cons: "Had a very muggy gross smell in there."
Pros: "More travel miles with AA CC MEMBERSHIP"
Pros: "After security...everything went smoothly. Your people were very helpful and efficient and friendly."
Cons: "Well...if it was me designing boarding and offloading, I would charge for carry on luggage and checked bags would be free. Carry on slows the entire process. I understand why it is the way it is, but people push the limits in everything."
Pros: "Nothing got seat by the toilet"
Cons: "Everything stressed"
Pros: "Boarding was good"
Pros: "Very friendly thank you!"
Cons: "The wifi login experience could be improved. I purchased wifi as a guest when I had an account and had to spend extra time chatting with an agent to get it resolved. They were very helpful but having the option to login to my account at the start would be ideal!"
Pros: "I would like to have ore of a grace period to check baggage."
Cons: "Bad social distance"
Pros: "Felt safe and sanitary"
Pros: "Crew was very friendly and took good care of the passengers"
Cons: "Smelled like poop the entire flight. Actual poop in the lavatory."
Cons: "Terrible delays"
Cons: "We weren't alerted there was a chance of delays. Over two hours late."
Cons: "Better food offerings"
Pros: "No food, late by hour"
Pros: "Very smooth flight and friendly crew"
Cons: "Chairs really uncomfortable"
Cons: "Sat on tarmac for 20 mins because we were early..."
Cons: "The bathrooms smelled every time someone opened the door. Febreeze, please!!"
Pros: "Service by crew. I was flying economy but it was par to business class."
Pros: "Very comfortable, no complaints."
Pros: "The guy announcing the boarding was a hoot! Great sense of humor."
Pros: "Crew was great seats comfortable but quite near back my connecting flight I had to get my seat when I got to the airport I was second from the back but close to washrooms"
Cons: "There was no entertainment on second flight but I didn’t use it anyway On second flight washroom was not very good my scarfe dropped on the floor and was wet and yuckie"
Cons: "No delays. And have the terminal bridge in working order"
Pros: "Crew was friendly, capt. had smooth take off and landing."
Cons: "Late gate change threw me for a loop. Had dinner with some friends in terminal before they caught a different flight. Walked to my gate only to find flight had changed to a different terminal and gate. Ended up fine because there was a delay with the lane switch, but made me a little anxious."
Cons: "Took off late. Other than that very comfortable and great experience"
Pros: "If offering free WiFi to Amex platinum card holders it needs to work f"
Cons: "Fix it"
Pros: "Having three seats."
Cons: "I had three seats to myself! After getting elbowed all the way from Amsterdam to Minneapolis, I was tired and I slept three good hours."
Pros: "That it got me home"
Cons: "Sat on the runway for over an hour to get the gate. Unacceptable."
Pros: "Friendly staff"
Cons: "Napkins stuffed in the overhead to fix presumably the rattles."
Cons: "I will avoid middle seat from now on"
Pros: "crew kept a great attitude throughout"
Cons: "Having to find my boarding pass to deplane"
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Take a long time to taxi to the gate & getting off the plane."
Pros: "good flight and pleasant staff"
Cons: "no vegetarian option in business class therefore nothing to eat for me for whole flight. also sky lounge very poor"
Cons: "Multilpe delays"
Cons: "late leaving, arriving and taxing."
Pros: "Fast boarding"
Cons: "Seats are too crammed and uncomfortable."
Pros: "Great selection of movies"
Pros: "Food was plenty."
Cons: "Long security lines at Logan. No free WiFi"
Pros: "Was tired and the FA helped me find a row that I could stretch out on and relax. After a long trip from Moscow, the FA's volunteering to help and accommodate a beleaguered traveler was most appreciated!"
Cons: "See above"
Cons: "Got in early"
Pros: "Seats were comfortable ... enough. Boarding process, once underway allowed me to get overhead bin and stash my other luggage in the seat below me. Flight wasn't overly booked (85-95%) so there appeared to be room for others to stretch out. Now about that crying kid..."
Cons: "Ugh. Weather delays. The flight was scheduled to board about 7P but it arrived late and they had to not only unload the self-loading cargo, but clean up afterwards. Would be nice to get a better estimate as to how long it would take to board so that I could hang out in the lounge. In addition, departure from JFK was delayed as well, either we missed the IFR window or got stuck behind some traffic and I fell asleep on the plane only to wake up what seemed an hour later just getting ready to hit V1. No upgrade."
Cons: "Force me to take a bad seat"
Pros: "The temp"
Cons: "It was too hot."
Pros: "Quick and easy flight. Took about an hour and twenty minutes."
Pros: "Maintained high standards of service despite massive delay."
Cons: "Boarding and departure was messy because of the delay"
Pros: "We'd paid extra for main cabin so hot to choose seats and got in flight entertainment.. Staff were friendly."
Cons: "No free wifi."
Cons: "My flight got cancelled without letting me know in advance I was in the airport and spent me hours to switch a flight I ended up arriving at a different airport and need to spend more money for über"
Pros: "The boarding was efficient"
Cons: "Three hour departure delay. No explanation given. No apology."
Cons: "Boarding process was horrible, it was first class, priority, zone 1 and then all other zone. There was no order. Flight was delayed. Had a 3 hour delay on the tarmac!"
Pros: "I love Delta. Smooth boarding. Quality service. Keep it up!"
Pros: "They arrived on schedule."
Cons: "Seated in the rear middle seat. I had no options to select a seat when I checked in or made my reservation that wasn't an extra charge. I'mover 6' tall and middle seats are painful, especially cross country. Airlines need to be a little more attentive to their customers' needs. If a passenger is taller than average, and the flight is more than 60 minutes, provide comfortable seating at no extra charge. If a customer has a short layover, which their system knows about since it is the sourve of the flight plans, put the customer toward the front of the aircraft since these flights are habitually late and customers end up having to sprint through airports to try to make connections."
Pros: "Crew was polite"
Cons: "Rocky takeoff"
Pros: "Quick and convenient"
Cons: "Comfort and food was lacking"
Cons: "Wake people up when serving anything.. I have seen in some other airlines that one is provided with a sticker to place on your seat to show if you can or cannot be woken up"
Cons: "The baggage restriction was not good at least one Checking should be allowed"
Cons: "Like all airlines it would be nice if there was an extra inch between the seats. Also, unfortunately the video wasn't working."
Pros: "seat was comfortable"
Cons: "be in time guys. Please."
Cons: "Did not serve food."
Pros: "Casual attitude."
Cons: "better food option than a few dusty pretzels and a thimble of water."
Pros: "All good."
Pros: "Gavin at check in was so great!! Amazing and professional!! Great clear concise announcements!"
Pros: "price efficiency"
Cons: "gate change last minute"
Cons: "Way too cramped. Only 1 washroom."
Pros: "Smooth trip."
Cons: "No one would get a wheelchair to get to cart that was on different floor. Driver didn't volunteer to carry bags to cart."
Cons: "Booked our seats 24 hours in advance and could not get seats together. Airline expects us to pay extra for reasonable expectations as that"
Pros: "We took off on time and landed a little early. Crew were very nice. I couldn’t judge the entertainment as I didn’t have iPad with me to connect to the wi-fi and watch movie. Plenty of snacks. Worth the cost of the flight."
Pros: "Had a fantastic experience on my first round trip with WestJet. Very satisfied, would definitely fly them again. I also liked how we were able to clear Customers BEFORE we departed from YVR; made the arrival that much smoother when we landed at SFO"
Pros: "Talia is an excellent stewardess—She takes good care of people"
Pros: "Haven't taken it yet"
Cons: "Well I'm not on the plane yet cause you left.me stuck in Vancouver"
Pros: "Everything was fine with the flight except for the substantial delay of an hour in taking off."
Cons: "It was late taking off without too much explanation except they were waiting for a delivery of fuel it seems. We just sat in the plane for all that time. I wish they could have informed us earlier so we could have just waited at the airport."
Cons: "Woman in seat beside should have taken 2 seats"
Pros: "New plane was nice."
Cons: "Snacks offered"
Pros: "The crew."
Cons: "Over crowded seating. Over head music that you had to talk over. Worst flight I’ve ever taken."
Pros: "Comfortable seats"
Cons: "Late departure"
Pros: "Some of the people who helped with wheelchair assistance for my dad were kind."
Cons: "1. I previously asked for wheelchair assistance for my father and when we dropped off our bags the agent said she would get someone and told us to sit in the waiting area. After five minutes no one came so I went to the assistance desk and they said they hadn't been informed so they sent someone right away. If I hadn't been there to ask, I don't know how long my mom and dad would have sat there. 2. The man who wheeled my dad to the gate was very nice and he said he arranged for all of us to sit together, which was nice because I wasn't able to sit with my parents since we weren't able to choose the same row when we booked. When we boarded, we found out that the seats hadn't been changed, and the person who previously booked the seat beside my parents refused to move so I sat in the row beside them. These problems were minor but they highlighted a lack of communication between staff and the attendant dealing with us wasn't the most friendly either. I used to fly westjet in the early days when I still lived in Canada and I've noticed that the level of service has gone down. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity and space to comment. Asunción Perez"
Pros: "Staff and aervice was great! No complaint!"
Cons: "We had to put our carry on bags a little far away from our seats"
Pros: "Not cold, not noisy aircraft"
Cons: "To the best of my knowledge I paid for a window seat on my trip to Montreal. It was the only option I elected to pay for, yet, I found myself in the middle seat. A personal life lesson we’ll learned and an experience to be remembered & considered, under advisement, on any future bookings."
Pros: "The people that work for WestJet are exceptional! I find everyone there is knowledge, helpful and happy. The last one is why I fly with WestJet. Its a real treat to be so well taken care of."
Pros: "I upgraded and that was definitely worth it."
Cons: "I don't like 2.5 hour flights in general. Just long enough to be annoying. But that has nothing to do with you and your airline."
Cons: "Not one complaint"
Pros: "Stewards were nice"
Cons: "This flight and the one before we're both delayed by over an hour. What's worse is each time we ended up spending about 20-30 min slowly driving around the runway since the takeoff queue was backed up so much. Maybe not the airlines fault for that but the pilot never said a word about it and kept us in the dark. Each flight was in total delayed by several hours. It seems more often than not these days that flights are delayed and are totally unreliable. I've come to hate flying."
Cons: "Being late into LA"
Cons: "I was really tired. Long line getting into the USA section. Argh. Let's just say I was grumpy and wanted to get home. Staff wss really nice."
Cons: "Got there 2 minutes after check in closed and wouldn't let us fly"
Cons: "My luggage did not make it."
Cons: "So far better than most of the US airline."
Cons: "No choice for seating - my husband and I were seated separately"
Cons: "No entertain system"
Pros: "Gate agents were nice."
Cons: "1. Nothing healthy to buy on the plane. 2. Nasty flight attendant. 3. Small seats. 4. Swollen ankles because flight attendant wouldn't let me put my stocking feet up in bulkhead seat, which is why I purchased it. 5. Poor service. 6. Plane landed early but we didn't get to the gate until more than an hour later!"
Pros: "Flight attendants were nice don't know who's fault it"
Cons: "Almost an hour to get any luggage out is not acceptable"
Cons: "West Jet personnel did not give any information about the customs process for connecting flights that I would face in Vancouver or the requirement to go through another security check between West Jet flights. I was told that I should simply go to the next gate to board the plane for Los Angeles -- and that I would do customs in the USA - so the info person sent me to retrieve my luggage (wrong info) and I ended with a 45 minutes anxious trek through the Vancouver airport! Once I found my gate, the West Jet personnel could not have been more kind."
Cons: "Delayed for almost 2 hours"
Cons: "It was a little warm and stuffy while loading."
Pros: "Nice Staff. Easy process."
Pros: "Comfy legroom (for someone who is 6'5") and comfortable seat."
Cons: "Late take off, late arrival at gate, late baggage delivery."
Pros: "Comfortable flight, entertaining stewardess, on time arrival and departure, good service."
Pros: "West jet is a clean and well run company"
Pros: "Being disabled I found everyone very helpful and friendly"
Airlines flying from Vancouver to San Francisco have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travellers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Vancouver to San Francisco
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from Vancouver to San Francisco
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from Vancouver to San Francisco
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from Vancouver to San Francisco
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights from Vancouver to San Francisco